Japanese Typical Teaching Method

I had been swamped with work and chores for last month, so I had no choice but to pass up the open English conversation class in which I regularly take part.
Finally, I managed to have time to go there today. I know that I'm still in the desperate need of practicing speaking English.

Luckily, I was only there, so I monopolized the teacher. We exchanged our opinions about the Japanese typical English teaching method. As English teachers and mothers, we're not satisfied with the current style which is a one-way teaching and passive learning style. I know that it has been changing gradually into a more practical method. Still, we feel its program lags behind other countries.

Some say having fun is the most important and we can't push them to learn English as "a subject". Yes, having fun is very important, and I agree with this point. However, do you think just having fun makes them master practical English and they can exchange their opinions in English in the future? I don't think so...

Ideally, they can master practical English and skills to exchange their opinions and discuss anything in English, having fun. To realize it, I believe that they, the 3rd grade, the 4th grade or over in elemetary schools in particular, need to practice exchanging their opinions and debating anything more. A mixed language which is Japanese and English would be fine at first. To ignite their interests in English and to learn correct words and appropriate expressions, it's time for English teachers to show their skills.

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